Apple's iPhone 5 event may not have been streamed - instead nearly 17m of you joined us for our liveblog! - but it was filmed, and the full event has now been released for you to peruse at your leisure. It wasn't just the iPhone 5 that made its debut, of course; Apple also had new iPod touch and iPod nano models to show, as well as a new version of iTunes.
The official "wow this is fantastic" designer-described iPhone 5 video has made its official debut and, with Jony Ive and Bob Mansfield as narrators, you'll see clearly why Apple feels that this is the most fabulous smartphone they've yet produced. This video begins with Ive describing how important it is for them, at this point, to create an iPhone that's not just a new phone, but "a much better phone" as he puts it. Have a peek at this device as Apple intends you to - with bright lights and perfect detail spinning in space and straight off the factory floor.
One of the biggest upgrades found in the iPhone 5 is the jump to iOS 6, and though developers have been working with iOS 6 for a while now, today they're getting their first look at the finished product. The iOS 6 Golden Master key has been unleashed, allowing developers to test out their apps and make any last minute changes before the consumer version of iOS 6 launches on September 19. iOS 6 is launching just a couple of days before the iPhone 5 arrives, which is scheduled for September 21.
Today Apple unleashed a slew of awesome products to the world and they are all running on their new and improved iOS 6. While they mentioned a brand new and awesomely overhauled iTunes 11 coming later in October, today they've pushed an incremental update out to support all their new goodies.
This week we're taking a look at the iPhone 5 as it was revealed by Apple in all its glory alongside iOS 6 and a set of hardware innovations like the Lightning connector - but what happened to NFC and wireless charging? We'd heard several times in tips and "leaks" that an NFC sensor was in the plans for this device for some time - but inside the last few weeks of this unofficial stream of shady bits, it was all but confirmed that, given the size of the device, NFC was not physically possible. Wireless charging, on a similar note, was never officially spoken about by Apple, and though Apple's competitors - such as Nokia, for example - are working with the technology soon, Apple has simply opted out.
It's time to take a peek at the entirety of the iPhone 5's specifications, top to bottom, as the device hits the Apple Store online and we get our first full taste of Apple's new smartphone hero (be sure to have a look at our wrap-up of Apple's big event). This device is the thinnest and lightest iPhone yet with a 4-inch Retina quality display up front and a new A6 chip under the hood. The iPhone 5 works with 4G LTE on a variety of networks both here in the USA and abroad and works with what Apple calls Ultrafast wireless or "LTE. The right way." The iPhone 5 has a new set of earbuds called EarPods, a new dock connector called Lightning, and a boosted 8-megapixel "iSight" camera as well.
Apple has just finished unveiling their all new 5th generation iPod Touch and wow does it look awesome. While many use their iPhone's conveniently as their iPod, Apple still has a huge market for the iPod Touch. This redesigned 4-inch iPod has tons of improvements that makes it a real winner and we have all the pricing details below.
The iPhone 5 has been introduced today with prices that are exactly the same as the iPhone 4S while the iPhone 3GS is axed from the lineup and the iPhone 4 becomes a free device (on contract, of course.) The iPhone 4S was demoted today to the mid-tier of iPhone devices at the $99 price point while the iPhone 5 will be coming in 16, 32, and 64GB iterations for $199, $299, and $399 USD respectively. The iPhone 5 will be up for pre-orders on the 14th (that's this Friday) and will be shipping September 21st.
Apple first introduced Photo Stream back with the debut of iOS 6 and iCloud but today they showed us a little bit more about this social network in disguise. Yup, we said it. This is their new social network type photo sharing and commenting system called Photo Stream so check it out below.
The iPhone 5's display has been revealed today at Apple's press event, bringing with it a lovely 1136 x 640 screen resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio across 4-inches of space. This device will be rolling out with a Retina quality display, mind you, at 326 PPI, amongst the most high-definition on the market today. This display offers a 5th row of icons for the iOS 6 experience and still fits in our hand with the same width as the iPhone 4S and before.